This presentation will review lessons learned from a detailed examination of over fifteen years of proficiency tests with a specific emphasis on pattern classification conclusions. A number of questions will be addressed, including:
- Can any insight be provided regarding the overall rate of error for pattern classification in BPA?
- Are certain broad or specific pattern types more prone to erroneous conclusions than others?
- Is there any way to connect the rate of erroneous conclusions with the training and education of participants?
- Can the submitted responses, specifically the incorrect responses, be used to provide guidance for how the discipline moves forward with pattern classification?
This presentation will discuss these questions and more.
3 Detailed Learning Objectives
- Attendees will learn how the results of proficiency tests can be used to provide limited information on the reliability of bloodstain pattern classification.
- Attendees will learn potential reasons why certain patterns had higher incorrect conclusions.
- Attendees will learn how modifications to classification criteria and analyst training can assist in reducing erroneous bloodstain pattern classifications.
Jeremiah Morris - Forensic scientist and technical leader in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis at the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Criminalistics Laboratory in Kansas